Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Akers received his Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 1998. While at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Akers was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, served on graduate student advisory committees as full member of the Graduate Faculty, and coordinated the graduate program track in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Within the professional program, he coordinated the Cardiovascular Therapeutics Module and precepted pharmacy students and residents on clinical rotations in Chandler Medical Center. Akers also directed a research program focused on differential regulation of angiotensin II receptor subtypes in pre-clinical models of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury and established a platelet pharmacodynamic laboratory to investigate mechanisms contributing to individual variability of antiplatelet drugs.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
PharmacyHis research interests focus on developing and studying new drugs that affects blood platelets and prevent cardiovascular disease. He directed his own independent research program at the University of Kentucky and oversees Lipscomb research program in collaboration with Vanderbilt University.